KCUR News
5:46 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Health Officials to Public: Eat Scrambled Eggs

Columbia, Missouri – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is urging consumers to avoid raw eggs while health officials determine the source of recent salmonella outbreaks being reported in several states.

No cases of salmonella linked to the eggs have been reported in Missouri or Kansas.

Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa issued two recalls in the last week of shell eggs that were shipped last month. A third recall by Iowa-based Hillandale Farms was issued today.

Kit Wagar is a spokesperson with the Department. He calls the salmonella outbreaks a national phenomenon that the state of Missouri is unlikely to miss.

"The chances of Missouri completely missing this outbreak is probably pretty small," says Wagar. "What we do hope is the cases that do pop here are so mild that people don't even need to medical treatment for it."

Wagar says salmonella is easy to avoid simply by thoroughly cooking eggs before eating them. He urges consumers to have scrambled - and completely cooked - eggs until more is known about the source of the outbreaks.